City is now accepting 2023/2024 event applications

By Pepper Parr

September 6th, 2022


This article, originally published on the 4th, has been updated considerably.

The City is inviting event organizers and groups to plan and apply for 2023-2024 event permits.

Applications for 2023 events are requested no later than Sept. 30, 2022 in order to be considered in the annual allocation process.

Event organizers and planning groups are encouraged to bring forward diverse and inclusive events that are fun, thought-provoking and/or stimulate cultural engagement through different perspectives.

For more information and the process that is used click HERE

Using city space requires permits and there is a fee structure.

Applications are encouraged from:

  • LGBTQ+ groups
  • Indigenous groups
  • Cultural based groups
  • Service clubs
  • Community groups
  • Individuals supporting a common interest or goal

Some events may be eligible for funding from the City through the Arts and Culture Fund.

The Santa Claus parade has taken place for more than 45 years in Burlington. Organized by a citizens group that works out of the city’s Festivals and Events office it is the premier holiday event in the city.

Arts and Culture Fund

The City of Burlington’s Arts and Culture Fund provides grants to local artists, multicultural groups, and arts and cultural organizations to help with projects that:

  • Encourage social connections, enhance quality of life and invest in Burlington’s culture and economy
  • Allow Burlington residents to experience and engage with arts and culture
  • Foster creativity
  • Nurture the arts and culture sector in Burlington

The program recognizes and supports diverse identities, perspectives, languages, cultures and artistic practices. Funding must be used to further an applicant’s not-for-profit activities and grants are intended to support a specific activity or event taking place over the upcoming year.

Applications are open each year in January and cannot be combined with other City funding.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture explains what the city does and doesn’t do:  “While the City is proud to run the Kids Mini Fest, Canada Day and the Santa Claus Parade, we look to our community partners and groups to run any other events for the community.

“We’re inviting new, interesting and vibrant festivals and events to the city for everyone to enjoy. City staff are available to help guide event organizers through the City’s process.”

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